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Plattenscharte - Mitterkopf area, Schönach valley, Gerlos valley, Zillertal, North Tyrol, Tyrol, Austria

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 47° 9' 25'' North , 12° 3' 31'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 47.157154, 12.058723
Name(s) in local language(s):Gebiet Plattenscharte - Mitterkopf, Schönachtal, Gerlostal, Zillertal, Nordtirol, Tirol, Österreich
Other regions containing this locality:The Alps, Europe

Scree at around 2500 m a.s.l. with piemontite-bearing pale reddish rocks.
Access via Pasteinalm - Keeskarscharte - "Keesriedel".
The Mitterkopf (2533 m) is located NE of the Steinkarkopf.

In the upper Schönach and Wimmer valleys, piemontite occurs as dark red grains and prismatic crystals in a conspicuous pink (quartz-)micaschist hosted by pale greenish micaschists of the 'Untere Schieferhülle' (Schmidegg, 1963; Purtscher, 1964). This piemonite-bearing, approximately 10 m thick micaschist layer crosses the ridge between the two valleys approximately in an E-W direction. Schmidegg (1963) specifically mentions the "Plattenkar" and the side ridge that extends from the Graue Köpfe to the Mitterkopf.
See also Grundhütte locality in Wimmer valley.

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Purtscher, E. (1964): Piemontit in den Zillertaler Alpen. Der Aufschluss, 15 (6), 147-148.

Schmidegg, O. (1963): Ein tauernmetamorphes Manganvorkommen in der Unteren Schieferhülle des Gerlosgebietes (Tirol). Der Karinthin, 48, 30-32.

Lapis 34 (7-8) (2009) p. 9

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